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March 16, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Former longtime Boston Mayor  Thomas M. Menino, 71, has been diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer, according to local media reports. Doctors don't know the origin of the cancer, which has invaded Menino's liver and lymph nodes, the Boston Globe reported . Menino was mayor of Boston for 20 years. He retired this year after a series of health woes hobbled him while still in office, none of which were reported as cancer-related. In one dramatic moment last year, a wheelchair-bound Menino improbably  rose to his feet to address thousands of mourners during an interfaith service after the Boston Marathon bombings.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Supporters unsuccessfully pleaded for mercy before the co-founder of frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry was sentenced to seven years in prison for beating a homeless man with a tire iron. Cameron Keys, a friend of Young Lee, told Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Henry J. Hall on Friday that Lee had been homeless about a decade ago, when he battled drug and alcohol addictions. Since his recovery, Keys said, Lee was "thoughtful, serious" and "dedicated to his friends and family.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
DreamWorks Animation's "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" scored a box-office victory with a strong second weekend as "Need for Speed" fell short of expectations and "Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club" bombed.  The 3-D animated "Mr. Peabody," a comedy about a hyper-intelligent, time-traveling dog and his adopted boy, took in an estimated $21.2 million in ticket sales Friday through Sunday in the United States and Canada.  The kid-friendly film distributed...
SPORTS
March 15, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
The seventh-seeded team got shot to seventh heaven Saturday night when Cal Poly defeated Cal State Northridge, 61-59, to win the Big West tournament championship at Honda Center. The Mustangs (13-19) lost nine of their last 11 regular-season games before winning three straight in Anaheim to earn the school's first NCAA tournament bid. In three days, Cal Poly defeated No. 2 UC Santa Barbara, No. 1 UC Irvine and No. 5 Northridge to become the lowest-seeded Big West team to win the conference tournament.
SPORTS
March 15, 2014 | Times staff and wire reports
Kenny Spencer kicked two field goals in the final minute, including a 35-yarder as time expired, to give the L.A. KISS a 41-38 victory in their Arena League Football debut against the host San Antonio Talons on Saturday evening. The KISS built leads of 28-17 in the third quarter and 35-24 in the fourth before Talons quarterback Mitch Mustain completed touchdown passes of five and 16 yards to D.J.  Stephens midway through the final quarter to put San Antonio ahead, 38-35. L.A. quarterback J.J. Raterink drove the KISS into field-goal range in the final minute and Spencer tied the score, 38-38, with 43 seconds left on a 21-yard kick.
SPORTS
March 15, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Dodgers 5, Padres 4; White Sox 5, Dodgers 4 AT THE PLATE: Dee Gordon was two for three with a triple, raising his exhibition average to .282. Gordon also stole a base, making him nine for his ninth in nine on the spring on stolen-base attempts. Manager Don Mattingly has been highly complimentary of Gordon, an indication he could be the team's opening-day second baseman. ON THE MOUND: Closer Kenley Jansen threw another scoreless inning to maintain his 0.00 earned-run average.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2014 | By Rebecca Trounson
Bob Thomas, a Los Angeles-based reporter and columnist who covered entertainment for the Associated Press for more than six decades, writing compelling, human and often humorous stories about Hollywood's glittering and glamorous, has died. He was 92. Thomas, who also wrote biographies of many of the stars and studio chiefs of Hollywood's Golden Age, including Joan Crawford, Fred Astaire, William Holden and Walt Disney, died Friday of age-related causes at his home in Encino, his daughter Nancy said.
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
SALT LAKE CITY -- Defense. Defense. Defense. Once the Clippers decided to play defense, they overwhelmed the Utah Jazz in pulling out a 96-87 victory Friday night at Energy Solutions Arena to extend Los Angeles' winning streak to 10 games. The Clippers were indifferent about playing defense in the first half, allowing the Jazz to score 51 points, shoot 50% from the field, 55.6% (five for nine) from three-point range and outrebound them, 24-14. But the Clippers clamped down on the Jazz in the second half, holding Utah to just 36 points and 40.5% shooting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Judge Henry J. Hall was blunt when he addressed Pinkberry co-founder Young Lee in court Friday, calling his 2011 attack on a homeless man both "horrendous" and "fairly merciless. " Lee, 49, was convicted last year of beating Ronald Bolding with a tire iron  while Bolding was panhandling along an East Hollywood street. Hall handed Lee the maximum sentence of seven years in prison Friday, despite his attorney's request that he be evaluated for possible probation. "What this case boils down to at the end of the day, is nothing more or nothing less than a savage attack on a defenseless person," Hall said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Kate Mather
The co-founder of frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for beating a homeless man with a tire iron, an attack a Los Angeles judge declared "fairly merciless" and "horrendous. " Dressed in an orange, jail-issued jump suit, Young Lee stared straight ahead as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Henry J. Hall handed down the maximum penalty the 49-year-old faced. A jury in November convicted Lee - who helped found Pinkberry in 2005 but is no longer involved with the company - of assault.
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